Monday, January 18, 2010

Road Trip: West and North of the South Island... Part 2

I wish I could remember where we were when I took these next photos.  It's  a beach in the upper part of the South Island, probably somewhere near Abel Tazman National Park, maybe near Motueka?  At any rate, it's probably the most beautiful place I've ever been.  These pictures just don't do it justice...

At some point as we're walking around we spotted this guy crouched by a pool.  We got curious so we took a closer look...

The pool was filled with baby seals playing around.  There were several adult seals around keeping an eye on them and they didn't seem too worried about us so we stayed and took lots of pictures.

This was the most memorable trip to the beach ever.  Our next stop was Blenheim where we sampled quite a lot of wine, more on that later.

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Monday, December 28, 2009


Makara is a sleepy little beach town right outside of Wellington.  My Kiwi friend Liz tells me this is where all the high schoolers come to smoke and drink and do other things they shouldn't be doing.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Cruisin in the Bay of Islands

While I was in the Bay of Islands I went on an overnight cruise of the islands. We went fishing, snorkeling, had a shooting competition, kayaking at night in bio luminescent algae, and generally had a great time.

This is "The Rock", our boat:

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Russell, Bay of Islands

This is Russell in the Bay of Islands. Sure, it may look like a picturesque, sleepy little beach town now, but apparently it used to be known as the "Hell Hole of the Pacific".

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Paihia, Bay of Islands

This is beautiful Paihia in the Bay of Islands. It's the most touristy place I've been to in New Zealand but it avoids feeling like a cookie cutter tourist trap beach town.

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